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1300 WAVZ

Bill Rock, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July, 1974

Lucky 13, supplying the boogie for Summertime ’74 Curator’s Notes: If the voice sounds familiar to you non-radio people, that’s because he’s been heard on television ads, NBC television specials and more. And yeah. He’s also a radio guy who started in the fun years of the 1970s playing records on AM radio! His radio credits include WNBC, WYNY and even WCBS-FM! Before he went to New York to launch his very successful career, he spent some time in New Haven, Connecticut at WAVZ. The station itself was very successful here in it’s prime and Rock is working the format, tweaking it, winding it around his voice and personality! What I think you’ll notice about this aircheck is how tight the format and commercial breaks were. In order for a jock to let hi...

Mike Dean, 1300 WAVZ “Lucky 13” New Haven | July, 1974

The WAVZ Summer Fun Patrol will be at the beaches and in the parks soon, all you have to do is just watch for us… Curator’s Notes: I received this on an audio CD featuring a somewhat muddy tape digitized by Contributor Andy Bologovsky. Imagine my surprise finding nearly 60 minutes of the work of Bill Rock, Brian Phoenix and this guy, Mike Dean! Simply priceless. It’s a “Solid Gold Weekend”, which means in real terms, lots of songs just 5 or more years old… imagine that today… how could a station brand that? This was posted much earlier in our site’s evolution, as part of a compilation and the audio was presented as-is – partly scoped and pretty muddy audio. In this NEW version, each jock gets featured as a separate entity (and in the pr...

Bill Beamish, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | September 6, 1965

Recording Date: 09.06.1965 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven Format: Top 40 Branded: “Lucky 13” Ownership: Kopps-Monahan Featured Air Personality: Bill Beamish (William R. Beamish, 01.16.1930 – 07.08.2009) (WMCA/WAVZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 11:03 …A WAVZ Flying Hit!… Curator’s (original) Notes: Back we go to a tape that Andy Bologovsky sent in back in 2008. This features Bill Beamish, a jock from the days when deejays sounded like big race track announcers. Listening to this, you’ll be struck by how important the DJ was considered a part of the station’s programming. Listen at about 4 minutes in for the WAVZ “Straight Shooter Sweepstakes”… its a station contest that sounds like a horse race, with all the ‘...

Pete Stone, 13 WAVZ New Haven | December, 1974

Recording Date: 12.xx.1974 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven Format: Top 40 Branded: “The New Waves“; “Lucky 13” Ownership: Kopps-Monahan Featured Air Personality: Pete Stone (Pete Salant) (WNRW/WAVZ/WFIF/WPOP/WYNY/WELI/WWYZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 2:41 The New Waves!… I’ll bet there’s many a man out there, doing that tonight. Picking up the Pieces!… Curator’s Notes: That ‘six degrees of separation’ thing people talk about is present with this aircheck. Pete Salant happens to be one of our Contributors, yet he’s featured here as Pete Stone (Stoner as some of his friends of that time period called him) from a tape given to airchexx by longtime Contributor Andy Bologovsky, while our site was being built out ...

Bob Terry, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July 5, 1967

Date of Recording: 07.05.1967 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven (1260 – 1947-57) Format: Top 40 Branded: “Lucky 13” Featured Air Personality: Bob Terry (WAVZ) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Total Time: 8:05 Airchexx Entry: 1,543 …Right here where the miracles are performed… Curator’s Notes: This was donated way back in 2003, when the site was only just over a year old! Bob Terry sounds very much like Frank Terry who worked at KFRC San Francisco around the same general time frame. There’s no information available on either Bob Terry or Frank terry in any of our usual research places, so if anyone can confirm yes or no, we’d sure appreciate it. WAVZ was using PAMS jingles in 1967 and if one flipped from WABC to WAVZ during this time period, they would...

Rusty Potts, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | May 30, 1969

Date of Recording: 05.30.1969 Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Owner: Kopps-Monahan Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Rusty Potts (WAVZ/WLNG) Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Airchexx Entry: 1,498 Comments: Many years ago, Andy Bologovsky sent in a whole collection of WAVZ airchecks which he digitized himself and sent as an audio CD. We posted most of the CD’s contents but had omitted a couple of historically important relics. Rusty Potts is heard here in late Spring, 1969. WAVZ is airing PAMS jingles and the reverb is stunningly on par with that heard on 77 WABC New York. This is a station very much in competition with the greatest Top 40 stations across New England. Our featured jock would go on to other opportunities, including a 40 year run on Sag Harbor’s ...

Programmer’s Digest Composite, WAVZ New Haven | Summer 1973

Date of Recording: 1973 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 Featured Air Talent: Various Comments: As recordings go, one probably couldn’t get better than vynl. Programmer’s Digest was one of those trade publications that featured a different station each edition, and was sent out to various radio stations on a 33 1/3 LP. Featured on this edition, a composite of 13 WAVES and an entire day’s broadcast. This starts with a fantastic WAVZ contest promo, then it’s on to the Programmer’s Digest. Its a tribute to Program Director John Long’s genius and includes a ton of promos and special WAVZ contests.

Station Profile: 13 WAVZ New Haven | September, 1976

Date of Recording: 09.xx.1976 (Exact Date Unown) Station: 1300 WAVZ New Haven, Connecticut, USA Format: Top 40 (Later: Standards – 1981, Liberal Talk – 2001, Sports – 2007) Featured Air Personality: Various Contributor: Andy Bologovsky Comments: 13 Waves sported some of the best talent in the U.S., and this 8 minute profile from 1976 showcases the talents of such names as Paul “the Morning Mayor”, Midday guy Tom Morgan, “The Chucker” (who narrates this profile), Afternoon personality John E. Walker, Night guy Mike West (WGNG Providence, WTIC-FM Hartford), Sunshine 10pm-2am and Early morning she-jock Lise.

Judge Harrigan, WAVZ New Haven | July 7, 1978

Sounding like the East Coast version of Dr. Don Rose, Here’s Judge Harrigan with one liners, traffic reports, time checks and the hits – all the ingredients you’d expect from a major market morning show, but this is LOCALISM done right! On this particular day, there was a power outage in East Haven, and ConRail service was on-time!

Composite: 1300 WAVZ New Haven | July, 1974

There’s very little WE can say that conveys the excitement generated by 13 Waves during it’s heyday of the mid-late 1970s. Some of the best and brightest broadcasters in Southern New England graced the air on WAVZ – and a few of them have posted comments about this recording below. If you read the comments before listening, do yourself a favor now, and see why this AM station OWNED the New Haven market, at a time when AM stations were already in steep decline as music stations. Oh, if this had been put on the sister FM station, we’d be listening to 101 Waves instead of KC 101… but would that have been such a bad thing? We can only dream, I suppose. This recording is a bit choppy. It came to us that way from the skimmer. Featured on this composite: Mike Dean, B...

QuickChexx: Tracey, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | May 17, 1969

We’re back into the 1960s for this short clip of WAVZ New Haven. This is the Tracey show, although we’re not sure who Tracey is or where he went after WAVZ. One thing that sticks out on many of the WAVZ airchecks on this site is the frequency at which Railroad Salvage ads air. Many are :05 drops, some are live sponsorships, but it seems that Railroad Salvage was always heard on WAVZ. For those who don’t remember, Railroad Salvage was a bargain basement store, much like today’s Dollar General. There used to be many Railroad Salvage outlets all over New England. Today, there’s just the one in West Haven about a mile from the VA Medical Center. And one never hears them on the air anywhere. Another, from longtime Contributor Andy Bologovsky.

MicroChexx: Joe Hager, 1300 WAVZ New Haven | November, 1972

It took longer to write this summary than edit the audio for this slightly under one minute clip of Joe Hager on the “New Waves”. Courtesy of early Airchexx Contributor Andy Bologovsky, here’s another short look and listen to one of America’s great middle-market stations with a huge Major Market sound! WAVZ was one of a few Southern New England stations within earshot of all the big New York stations, like WABC, WNBC and Hartford’s WDRC. With stations like that competing for local listeners, WAVZ had to be something special. We have other WAVZ airchecks online and we invite you to listen. And comment.

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